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Don't Stop for Hitchhikers


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    Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence

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Don't Stop for Hitchhikers

In this activity, learners role-play the part of lake inhabitants and the aquatic exotics who displace the native species. Props are used to help demonstrate how aquatic exotic species enter a lake or river system, the negative effect they have on the native species, and things people can do to stop the spread of exotic species.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • Picture/drawing of several aquatic exotics—ruffe, zebra mussel, round goby, purple loosestrife, sea lamprey, Eurasian watermilfoil
  • Bait bucket (available at bait stores)
  • Bucket
  • Seed package
  • Two 6-foot lengths of rope
  • Toy boat/trailer (or picture)
  • Paper fish
  • Twelve paper plates, six marked with "x" on both sides

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Oceans and Water
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Populations
      • Biodiversity
      • Human Impact
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Risks and Benefits

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

Includes assesments for student learning

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

  • COSEE Great Lakes

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, University of Illinois, ©2001

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0827983
  • National Science Foundation, 0828142
  • National Science Foundation, 0827953
  • NOAA National Sea Grant
  • Office of Naval Research
  • National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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